Union furious at museum blog job while staff face the axe

The Argus: Union furious at museum blog job while staff face the axe Union furious at museum blog job while staff face the axe

UNION bosses have slammed the creation of a “non-job” at a museum at the same time that security staff are facing pay cuts and redundancy.

Brighton and Hove’s Royal Pavilion and Museums are advertising for a resident blogger to give a “voice to the untold stories” behind the scenes at the city’s museums.

The lucky applicant will earn £4,500 for six months’ work.

The newly-advertised post has angered union officials as it comes while the council’s museums look to make savings of up to £96,000 to meet a reduction in their budget.

Management proposals to reduce the pay of up to 20 staff and make three employees redundant were supported by the council’s personnel sub-committee prior to Christmas at a dispute hearing.

Mark Turner, from the GMB, described the council’s plans for staff to voluntarily terminate their existing contracts and accept lower terms in February as “unprecedented”.

If staff do not take up the offer, they could have new terms imposed upon them in May.

Mr Turner said his members were “not ruling any-thing out” in response to the proposals.

The post is an external post being paid for by the Arts Council England which announced in October last year it was cutting its staffing numbers by 20% with its budget set to be slashed by £100 million over the next three years.

The body’s Brighton offices in Church Street are under threat as part of the cutbacks.

The advert for the post hopes that applicants will be able to bring a “different perspective” and a “fresh outlook” to the work carried out at the museums.

It is hoped that the blog will attract more visitors to the city’s historical and art attractions as well as stimulating “online conversation”.

Mr Turner said: “Our members won’t distinguish between Art Council money and council money, they will see someone blogging away all day for six months for more than £4,000 while they are having their pay cut.

“They should be finding funding streams to protect the vital frontline jobs of protecting the city’s crown jewels and not a blogger.”

The advert states: “It is envisaged that the chosen blogger in residence will spend time in the different departments of the Royal Pavilion and Museums, shadowing staff, attending meetings and giving a voice to the untold stories from ‘behind the scenes’ that will fascinate audiences, and help to open up and de-mystify the work that is done here.”

A Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said: “It is externally funded through Arts Council England.”

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5:18pm Fri 4 Jan 13

minkoir says...

The angry mob are missing the point that the museum is investing in its marketing output in order to attract more visitors through more prolific engagement, improving the museum's long term future for a comparatively small cost. "They will see someone blogging away all day" smacks of snobbery and ignorance. Nice work.
The angry mob are missing the point that the museum is investing in its marketing output in order to attract more visitors through more prolific engagement, improving the museum's long term future for a comparatively small cost. "They will see someone blogging away all day" smacks of snobbery and ignorance. Nice work. minkoir

5:37pm Fri 4 Jan 13

matski_98 says...

minkoir wrote:
The angry mob are missing the point that the museum is investing in its marketing output in order to attract more visitors through more prolific engagement, improving the museum's long term future for a comparatively small cost. "They will see someone blogging away all day" smacks of snobbery and ignorance. Nice work.
Well said.

Arts Council funding covers projects (like the blog) and not salaries so it would never have been able available to help the people who are at risk of redundancy anyway.
[quote][p][bold]minkoir[/bold] wrote: The angry mob are missing the point that the museum is investing in its marketing output in order to attract more visitors through more prolific engagement, improving the museum's long term future for a comparatively small cost. "They will see someone blogging away all day" smacks of snobbery and ignorance. Nice work.[/p][/quote]Well said. Arts Council funding covers projects (like the blog) and not salaries so it would never have been able available to help the people who are at risk of redundancy anyway. matski_98

6:49pm Fri 4 Jan 13

member13934 says...

Is the position of blogger a full time post? £9kpa is below minimum wage .......
Is the position of blogger a full time post? £9kpa is below minimum wage ....... member13934

6:50pm Fri 4 Jan 13

NickBtn says...

If this is successful more people will visit the museums and so more income. I can see the need to make savings in museums as well as everywhere else. But surely there is another option: if visitor numbers and revenues can be driven up then that income can pay to retain jobs. Surely then a win-win?

Can't something be done which is a bit more creative?
If this is successful more people will visit the museums and so more income. I can see the need to make savings in museums as well as everywhere else. But surely there is another option: if visitor numbers and revenues can be driven up then that income can pay to retain jobs. Surely then a win-win? Can't something be done which is a bit more creative? NickBtn

7:21pm Fri 4 Jan 13

Number Six says...

Well, that's a first. Unions complaining about job creation
Well, that's a first. Unions complaining about job creation Number Six

8:47am Sat 5 Jan 13

SimonS says...

I love how they look down their nose at whoever will be doing this new role by saying things like it will be a "non job" they'll be "blogging away" implying that it's some frivolous role of no benefit.

As commenters say, it's actually an important job, especially nowadays in the days of the internet where well-written blogs will help the website appear high up on search engine results increasing awareness.

Blogging is another way to market the museum without the expense of having to use an advertising agency, designer or place adverts in magazines/on websites.
I love how they look down their nose at whoever will be doing this new role by saying things like it will be a "non job" they'll be "blogging away" implying that it's some frivolous role of no benefit. As commenters say, it's actually an important job, especially nowadays in the days of the internet where well-written blogs will help the website appear high up on search engine results increasing awareness. Blogging is another way to market the museum without the expense of having to use an advertising agency, designer or place adverts in magazines/on websites. SimonS

10:16am Sat 5 Jan 13

Tallywhacker says...

Do we pay to get in the museum? I thought hey were still free entry so more visitors won't give more income. A bit strange how managers always volunteer to cut the lowest paid rather than cut their own pay or numbers first which would after all drop costs faster. I would imagine one manager less would keep at least two security jobs.
Do we pay to get in the museum? I thought hey were still free entry so more visitors won't give more income. A bit strange how managers always volunteer to cut the lowest paid rather than cut their own pay or numbers first which would after all drop costs faster. I would imagine one manager less would keep at least two security jobs. Tallywhacker

2:14pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Perseus says...

Where is the job advertised?
Where is the job advertised? Perseus

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